Amor happy to stand out

St Helens Kyle Amor is tackled by Salford Red Devils' Lama Tasi and  Tim Smith (right), during the First Utility Super League match at the AJ Bell Stadium, Salford.
St Helens Kyle Amor is tackled by Salford Red Devils' Lama Tasi and Tim Smith (right), during the First Utility Super League match at the AJ Bell Stadium, Salford.
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Kyle Amor is happy to stand out from the crowd - and not just for his unique approach to personal grooming.

The ex-Wakefield ace has made a big impact since arriving at St Helens with a string of eye-catching displays, including a man of the match performance in last Thursday win over Salford.

But it is the Cumbrian’s long, curly mop and shaggy beard which initially raises eyebrows, and the affable Amor is happy to play along, joking that his hirsute appearance was inspired by a fancy dress bash at his former club.

“When we went out on Mad Monday (for Wakefield’s end-of-season club party), we all got given a letter to go in fancy dress in and I got given ‘T’,” Amor explained.

“I had a bit of stubble on my face so I went dressed as a tramp and I haven’t really looked back. I’ve not shaved since. I think I’m going to keep it, certainly until it warms up a bit and then see how it goes.”

Amor’s spell with the Tykes ended when the club fell into financial turmoil and Saints coach Nathan Brown was quick to secure the 26-year-old front-rower’s signature.

“I made no secret that I really loved my time at Wakefield,” he said.“They are always going to be special for me.

“John Kear gave me me a lot of game time and a lot of experience and I’ll always be thankful for that.

“But it’s the nature of the game, people come and go and, when I got the call saying St Helens were interested, it was something I got excited about.

“With the financial situation at Wakefield, it allowed that ball to get rolling a bit quicker. I am really glad to be here.”

Ireland international Amor has already forged a bond with fellow new recruit Luke Walsh and is relishing the prospect of lining up with Mose Masoe and Richard Beaumont.

“I believe we have quality in this squad,” said Amor. “We’ve certainly a lot of experience and there’s a great set of young players coming through.

“It’s really exciting. Hopefully we are going to bring some good times back here.

“It goes without saying that, when you’re surrounded by better quality players, you normally pick up traits and understand how they want you to play.

“Hopefully it will allow my own game to improve. They say you don’t peak until you are about 28.”